Dodge Charger III

Dodge Charger III -

The Dodge Charger III was a concept car from 1969.

Press materials of the day highlighted its "jet-aircraft-type canopy, swing-away steering wheel, elevating bucket seats, and spoiler-type air-brake flaps."

It's obvious rearward visibility wasn't much of a concern. It is clear, however, that Dodge was aiming for its share of the Corvette's audience; the front-end styling smacks of the Mako Shark-inspired third-generation Corvettes. The Charger design team must have had a photo of the Peter Brock-designed Shelby Daytona Cobra Type 65 hanging in the studio, as that car's overall proportions and sawed-off Kamm tail are unmistakably present on the Charger, in profile and from the rear.

The Charger III remained a stillborn dream machine, and it took Dodge more than 25 years to bring its basic design statement to life in the form of the Viper GTS. Which proves that even a good idea may need some time to find the light of day.